Desmond Tutu says by bringing int’l artists to perform, TA Opera House “advances Israel’s fallacious claim to being a “civilized democracy.'”
Tutu, who earned a Nobel Prize for his peaceful opposition to apartheid, urged Cape Town’s renowned opera troupe not to tour Israel until what he called, “discrimination,” ends there on Tuesday.
In a statement, Tutu compared the Cape Town Opera’s planned visit next month to international artists performing in apartheid South Africa, when it was “a society founded on discriminatory laws and racial exclusivity.”
“Cape Town Opera should postpone its proposed tour next month until both Israeli and Palestinian opera lovers of the region have equal opportunity and unfettered access to attend performances,” he said.
He added it would be “unconscionable” to perform “Porgy and Bess,” which he says has a “universal message of nondiscrimination.”
Tutu charged that by bringing international artists to perform, the Tel Aviv Opera House “advances Israel’s fallacious claim to being a ‘civilized democracy.’
Hanna Munitz, the Israeli Opera’s general director, responded in a statement, saying that her house and Cape Town Opera were apolitical.
“The agenda is culture and art, and definitely not politics,” Munitz said. “Both houses relate to culture as a bridge, the aim of which is to be above any political dispute. Furthermore, the fact of the matter is that very big performance companies arrive in Israel from abroad all the time.”
Tutu has long been a sharp critic of Israel. Last month, he backed calls for a South African academic boycott of Israel.
Tutu retired earlier this month, saying he wanted to travel less and spend more time with his family. He did not, though, say he would stop speaking out on issues he has championed.
Source: Jerusalem Post.
Former Anglican Bishop Desmond Tutu takes the call to boycott Israel to a new level. Pure hate.
Earlier the clergy man has called for boycott of Israeli products, made in Judea and Samaria. Now he calls for boycott of culture activities inside the FN approved state of Israel. Inside the the city of Tel Aviv, founded in 1909 inside former British occupied Israel.
We know that Replacement theology in not from God of the Bible, and the Jesus they preach is a false copy of the true Messiah. But Bishop Tutu has started to promote the Islamic view on Israel, and joined Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s call to end Zionism at all costs.
Do dispute Israel as a “civilized democracy” must be a joke.
Is it the promoted Arab Palestinian Jew-free Zone that is Tutu’s model democracy, that shall replace the state of Israel?
Or is it the “democracy” in Syria, Saudi Arabia or Iran, that is the desirable democratic forces that Tutu believe shall change the Middle East for the better?
Shame on a man who has sold his soul to the evil desert spirit of “allah”. If Tutu do not repent, He will surely perish.
Its is amazing to see that a secular Opera director have more common sense and love, than a Bishop who claim to know God of the Bible.